My opinion is that we are sorely lacking fairyland in everyday life. How can one live without subtlety, without dreams, without hopes? How can we forget the magic of existence, the beauty of life, without losing the meaning of life? That’s why I have tried to bring magic back into our consciousness, hoping to participate in a sweeter tomorrow.
The nude in a natural environment seems to me very judicious as it has, in my opinion, an immense need to be given more subtlety. I am deeply revolted by what is, for me, the decline of nudity, mirroring the most superficial aspects of our society. What is more natural, more spontaneous, more innocent than the nude? We use the wonderful opportunities we have for sharing, to make the nude vulgar and shocking… Nothing, however, comes closer to nature and fairy than the spontaneous nude, carried by the heart, in this reconnection with our inner child.
The nude should not be shocking. We should not teach our children to be shocked by nudity, as if it were the most shameful of self-expressions. But why be ashamed of what we are, and why not be shocked, precisely, about not being able to be oneself, about not being able to show oneself as we are? Indeed, vulgarity itself is shocking… Not nudity! These things should not be mixed.
If I mainly stage rather young people, and rather of the female sex, it does not start from the idea that only young women are beautiful. Beauty is everywhere as long as it comes from the beauty of the heart. But for the moment, it is the orientation that I choose to take as an expression of the fairy, symbolically closer to the spirit of water, more like nymphs and naiads. Of course, other ways can be done in the future development of the project.
Naked, Vulgar ?
In photography, nudity is the only field to be interested in the human being as he is, without mention of social predominance, pretentiousness or appearance. It is about the search for the intrinsic, mysterious and innate beauty of which our body is, after all, the painting, like the canvas of a prodigious artist. This body which we have inherited, and which we have to take care of, is our greatest wealth, regardless of the injustices producing the social miseries that we are unfortunately used to in present human society.
Nudity is a huge area. It can serve as a basis for the deepest of philosophical thinking, as for the most vulgar superficiality. It can create horror as much as wonder. The purest innocence can be expressed, but also the most shocking perversion. Nudity is an image of ourselves, it expresses what we are, what we seek, what we want to find, or share.
A horrible man is not man. Just because a madman has raped a woman or killed his neighbor does not mean that all men must be censored. However, it is the same principle when we censor the whole nude, under pretext that shocking images have been shared. A dog bites, do you have to kill all dogs? A cat claws, do you have to kill all cats? A nude photo shocks, should we remove all nudes? Let’s not be stupid…
In truth, we have a great need to reconnect with our lost spontaneity. We lack the wisdom of children, crushed too soon. Should we therefore reprove a little girl who wanted to go out naked in the garden, or should we rather reprove the man who no longer knows how to respect the innocence and the joy of communing with nature?
Moreover, the censorship of nudes often hides very pernicious and prudish policies, which were current in the nineteenth century but should have nothing to do in the twenty-first… Let us reject old dogmas, old blockages, old puerile discords from which all this has arisen. We do not need rules to decide what is beautiful, or what touches our souls and our hearts!